HUNSLET HAWKS will be playing with the big boys next year and boss Barry Eaton has pledged they will give it all they’ve got.
Hawks returned to the Kingstone Press Championship – a year after being relegated – when Thomas Coyle’s golden point drop goal secured a 17-16 win over Oldham in the Championship One Grand Final two days ago.
Hawks will face relegated Super League clubs Bradford Bulls and London Broncos next year, as well as established second tier opposition including champions Leigh Centurions and runners-up Featherstone Rovers.
Hunslet – owned by their supporters and run on a shoestring budget – aren’t in the same league financially and Eaton admitted once the euphoria of promotion wears off, the real hard work begins.
“When I do start thinking about it, it will be daunting,” said the Hawks coach. “It will probably frighten me to death! But you want to challenge yourself and play at the highest-possible level. The players do and the fans do. They want to go to places like Bradford and support their team. The directors are all supporters of the club and they are running the club fantastically well. We are operating on a budget, but we are financially stable.
“There’s going to be teams spending close to £1m and we will be at around £150,000. But we will go there, we will challenge ourselves and we will certainly give it our best shot.”